Monday, March 30, 2015

Kremlin of “Tannhäuser”: dismissal of the director – not censorship – BBC Russian

  • March 30, 2015


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“Theater – an institution of education, rather than an institution for the outrageous and provocative self-promotion” – Ministry of Culture officials remind

The Ministry of Culture has been forced to take the decision to dismiss personnel director of the Novosibirsk Opera Boris Mezdricha due to the resonant production of “Tannhauser,” said deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Magomedov.

In turn, the president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that although the censorship is not allowed, but the state has allocated money, the right to expect from the creative team “correct” productions.

The new theater director Vladimir Kehman that will combine work on this post with the leadership of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, said earlier that he considers it necessary to remove the opera “Tannhäuser” directed by Timothy Kuljabina from the repertoire of the theater.

Kehman, a few years ago to retrain from a businessman in a theatrical figure, has said he intends to rename the theater “The Bolshoi Theatre of Siberia.” He also suggested that he could take up the post of artistic director, then as CEO in the future can become someone else.

The press service of the theater said that about the future renaming learned from the newspapers. Kehman not yet talked with the staff of the theater: it is officially presented to the staff on Tuesday.

On Sunday, a rally was held in Novosibirsk, which called President Vladimir Putin to ban blasphemous provocation or insult the feelings of believers.

Grand Theatre Siberia?

“Of course, the state, which through fiscal subsidies, through various grants allocates public money for the production of cinematographic works on productions in theaters and so on, have come to expect from creative teams of correct productions, at least, do not cause such aggravation of the reaction of public opinion “- Peskov said on Monday.

At the same time, according to Peskov,” it should in no way be perceived as attempts to introduce a -That censorship “.

The dismissal of Mezdricha became known on Sunday, March 29 as the appointment in his place Kehmana, director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Mezdrich said the Russian service of BBC -bi BBC that at the present time thinking about what to do next. He said that he no longer wants to talk about “Tannhäuser”, because it considers this matter closed.

“The theater will work, live and thrive. Director of change, and the theater is always alive and well. It is the law of such” – answered the question Mezdrich that in his opinion, is waiting for the theater in the future.

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Vladimir Kehman said that he could become the artistic director of the theater

The new director of the theater Kehman was unavailable for comment. In the statement issued by the press service of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, he said that first of all want to figure the situation.

“I do not exclude that the control system is reformed Mikhailovsky Theatre: you may be a new CEO and his First Deputy, and I take the position of artistic director. Apparently, the first time I will need to work in the graph “four days in Novosibirsk – three days in St. Petersburg”, – quotes Kehmana press service.

Earlier, he said, that the performance of “Tannhauser” should be removed from the repertoire: “I, as a man of faith, baptism, orthodox, as a Jew, take it as an insult. This is a demonstration of the internal wickedness in the style and spirit of the Union of Militant Atheists “.

It is known that the new director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre has previously been awarded several orders of the Russian Orthodox Church, including the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh and the Order of St. Reverend Seraphim of Sarov.

Although Kehman said he wants to return the Novosibirsk Theatre of his “historical name” in the theater stressed that he never called the “Grand Theatre of Siberia.” So the theater is sometimes called by the locals, but officially this name has never been fixed.

Kehman, grown rich on imports Fruit, was appointed CEO of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2007. Two years later, he received a diploma of theater education, graduating from producer faculty of St. Petersburg State Academy of Dramatic Art.

for the post of Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Kehman attracted media attention eccentric actions – in particular, in 2009 it without choreographic education, sang the role of “Prince Lemon” in the ballet “Cipollino”.

“blatant tyranny”

Among those who condemned the dismissal of the director, KinoSoyuz – organization, a breakaway from the Russian Cinematographers’ Union. He issued a statement in which he called the dismissal Mezdricha “arbitrariness”.

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Timothy Kulyabin (left) and Boris Mezdrich accused of deliberate public desecration of religious symbols

“We demand the immediate restoration of Mezdricha in office and offset Culture Minister Vladimir Medina, which is not the first time violates the Constitution of the Russian Federation through censorship and persecutes those who disagree with his policies anticultural.” – The document says.

Now we are collecting signatures on a letter. Among the signed documents – director Andrei Smirnov, Vitaly Mansky, film critic Victor Matizen.

In the Ministry of Culture stress that Boris Mezdrich fired for failing to take into account in their work developed in a society values. In this case, the agency urged the Novosibirsk diocese withdraw the appeal to the prosecutor on the case of “Tannhauser”.

“Federal Academic Theatre – is primarily educational institution and not an institution for the outrageous and provocative self-promotion at public expense,” – said in an open letter on the website of the Ministry of Culture.

The Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Vladimir Gorodetsky show called the opera “Tannhauser” “quite ugly case”.

Novosibirsk opera of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhauser” provoked a strong reaction in the community after the Metropolitan of Novosibirsk and Berdsk Tikhon said that opera is not used for its intended purpose ecclesiastical symbolism that disturbs believers. Thus he did not see the play hierarch and explained that not a fan of Wagner and prefers Soviet songs of the war years.

Earlier, prosecutors filed administrative proceedings in connection with “desecration of objects of religious worship” in relation to the director of the opera Timothy Kuljabina and theater director Boris Mezdricha. Administrative court dismissed the case due to lack of evidence, after which the prosecutor’s office appealed the decision.


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